The Hobbit and the Gruffalo

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

At Kaimes school we’ve been putting music to the goblin songs from The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien and also working on an interactive musical version of The Gruffalos child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer. There’s a real universal love for both of these books. I have really caught the musical book bug since my work with Geraldine and Hannah and the kids in Greenock. There is so much inspiration to be drawn from an incredible global wealth of childrens literature. A book can help us appreciate music creation and music can help us appreciate books.

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Happy Ears on the telly..!

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am reliably informed that Happy Ears will make a brief appearance on the DIY SOS big build, screening 8pm Wednesday 14th November.

Watch it to see the make over (more a complete overhaul) carried out in October on Edinburghs only independent play centre for people with additional needs. It was brilliant to be involved in the filming of what will be a fantastic hour of television. The transformation will astound you whether you’re familiar with The Yard or not.

Adventures in Greenock

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

What a brilliant day in Greenock! Happy Ears joined the Story pages arts project in collaboration with Starcatchers at the Glenbrae Nusery, Whinhill, to create a fully interactive musical performance piece based on Michael Rosen’s “The Bear in a cave” for 2-4 year olds. Adventurers Geraldine, Hannah (pictured) and honorary adventurer Catherine (who took this picture) facilitated some really creative and fun musical play.

We had a brilliant response from the kids and excellent hospitality from the staff. Also had a break and went to look at the new Beacon Arts Centre down on the river, Mrs Happy Ears (who happens to be an architect) tells me it’s meant to look like an old dock warehouse. Local opinion of the building appears to be varied…Image

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